Losing a pet is never easy, actually it’s downright hard and heartbreaking. We know when bringing a pet into our lives that he won’t be around forever, but that never deters us from doing it. The unconditional love of a pet is something that everyone should experience, it truly is unlike anything else. However, it is that love that makes it so much harder when having to say goodbye. We know that everyone experiences grief differently, but we want you to know that no matter how you feel or what you do, it is okay and you will get through it. The following are just a few things that have helped us over the years when we have had to say goodbye to a pet and it is our hope that they help you as well: The love of a pet will never fade
Remember, you are saying goodbye to your cat’s physical presence in your life, not the lifetime of memories you have made with him. The bond you created with your pet is something that can never be taken away from you and will live on forever. Now might be the right time to put that special photo you took of him that always made you laugh in a frame. You deserve that extra smile right now!
Talk to a friend
Chances are the people that are closest to you have experienced losing a pet at some point in their life, and can at the very least, appreciate the hurt and sadness you are feeling; however, if you never reach out to those around you, nobody will ever know you need that shoulder to lean on.
Take time for yourself
Being honest with yourself, your feelings and what you need right now is extremely important. You owe it to yourself to do whatever it is you need to do to find that peace you deserve. Do you have a certain hobby that brings you joy? If not, there is no time like the present to try something new!
Last, but not least, remember that it is okay to cry.
Crying is one of the most therapeutic ways to handle stressful situations, and from our experience, losing a pet is very stressful. One minute you may feel like you are doing well, but the next minute you can have an overwhelming urge of sadness. Knowing that this is normal can help you prepare should this happen to you.
Keep reminding yourself that everyone experiences grief differently; there is no right or wrong when it comes to grieving your feline friend. As the days go by you will find ways to replace that sadness with the joy of his memory, and for that, the process will be entirely worth it.